Virtually all real estate transactions are carried out with cash in Georgia. Also, in USD instead of the local currency. If you can provide source of money to the border officers (meaning that they catch you carrying it in the first place), you’ll be fine.
No, they’re not. Liberty Bank is the bank responsible for paying out pensions. So Georgians refer to it as “bank of pensioners” and I think it deserves that name. I don’t know the exact numbers, but fair share of their customer base are older citizens and it’s specifically tailored for them. Which becomes very obvious once you visit any of their branches, especially during pension payday (long lines of older citizens outside of every branch. As they’re aren’t tech-savvy enough to cash out their pension from ATM and prefer to cash it out using bank teller instead).
They do have a package comparable to TBC Status. It’s called Liberty Wealth. I’m sure English service would be a bit better there, but I wouldn’t bet on it. Their internet bank is a very obvious clone of TBC’s (and horribly executed as well).
TBC Internet Banking
Liberty Internet Banking:
Liberty Bank’s management (especially the Founder - Lado Gurgenidze) was really trying to bring the innovation into the country 7 or so years ago. Now, they have failed at most, but TransferWise is one of the things they introduced that did stick. I guess LB was the only bank willing to partner with TW at that point in time. Gurgenidze is also a Series A investor of TransferWise. So I’m sure they’ve got a good deal going on there.